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Effects of Reporting Child Abuse

What happens to the children if someone reports their spouse or partner’s child abuse?

Heidi Ann Lepp’s Answer:

Children should have a safe and secure home free from violence. Yet, sadly, the number of children exposed to violence in the home whether it is witnessing abuse or enduring it is staggering. This violence may cause the children to face potential personality and behavioral issues. Their social development may be damaged. Later in life, they are at greater risk for substance abuse and for either becoming victims of domestic violence or abusers themselves. This is all because they have learned early on powerful lessons about the use of violence in interpersonal relationships from the very people who were supposed to love and protect them.

Once abuse is reported and a restraining order obtained, the victim can add the children as protected parties in his or her Temporary Restraining Order. If a Final Restraining Order is granted, the children will be protected in the same way the victim is. Provisions pertaining to child support, custody, and parenting time may be addressed in the Order and during the Final Restraining Order Hearing.

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